A Circle of Sisters

A Circle of Sisters

Alice Kipling, Georgiana Burne-Jones, Agnes Poynter and Louisa Baldwin

Book - 2005
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The Macdonald sisters--Alice, Georgiana, Agnes, and Louisa--started life in the teeming ranks of the lower-middle classes, denied the advantages of education and the expectation of social advancement. Yet as wives and mothers they would connect a famous painter, a president of the Royal Academy, a prime minister, and the uncrowned poet laureate of the Empire. Georgiana and Alice married, respectively, the pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Burne-Jones and the arts administrator Edward Poynter; Louisa gave birth to future prime minister Stanley Baldwin, and Alice was mother to Rudyard Kipling. A Circle of Sisters brings to life four women living at a privileged moment in history. Their progress from obscurity to imperial grandeur indicates the vitality of nineteenth-century Britain: a society abundant with possibility. From their homes in India, America, and England, the sisters formed a network that, through the triumphs and tragedies of their families and the Empire, uniquely endured.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2005
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780393052107
Branch Call Number: 920.72094 B1937F 2005
Characteristics: xxiii, 392 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm


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ser_library Aug 26, 2010

I recommend Circle of Sisters to all who are interested in women, in the 19th century, in history, in life.. a wonderful book.

Lots of interesting writing on Rudyard Kipling (Ruddy) and the Methodist Church.

Wonderful portrait of London life.


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